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The best cars for seniors
Older people have special wishes when buying a car, such as a high entry point. The best cars for seniors from Audi to VW - with practical buying tips.
Sure: everyone just wants thatbest product to buy. But theConditions, that a new car for seniors is supposed to meetoften othersthan that of a younger target group.
Older people, for example, often want to sit upright and comfortably, get in and out of the car comfortably, and the car shouldn't be too big either. The operation must be intuitive and so must theAll-round visibility is crucial, precisely because older drivers, who are often on the move in urban areas, are often less agile when maneuvering.
We have the current onesADAC car tests from the perspective of seniorsselected and put together the vehicles that best meet their needs.
The basic selection criteria
Length: maximum 4.50 meters
Height: at least 1.50 meters
Seat height: at least 47 centimeters
Seats: four to five
Loading sill height: maximum 77 centimeters
ADAC test grade operation: maximum 2.6
ADAC test mark all-round visibility: maximum 4.0
Are included in the leaderboard onlycurrently available new cars,who have passed the ADAC Autotest. The vehicles are listed in alphabetical order, but first an overview of the vehicles presented, sorted by price category:
Price overview of the best senior cars
Up to 20,000 euros
20,000 to 25,000 euros
25,000 to 30,000 euros
30,000 to 35,000 euros
35,000 to 40,000 euros
Citroen C5 Aircross
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Opel Crossland X
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Audi Q2: The smallest member of the Q model family from Audi. The almost 4.20 meter long five-door impresses with one good workmanshipwhich, however, does not quite come close to the quality of the larger Audi vehicles.
With a recently introduced Facelift Especially the interior was modernized. The space in the first row is good and the comfortable seats are pleasantly high. The back seat offers enough space for two to three grandchildren. The comfortable approach through the sufficiently large door openings makes everyday life easier.
The trunk is only of average size for the vehicle class, but has a practical format and the tailgate provides a large opening. thanks to the tidy cockpits the operation of all basic functions is pleasantly easy. The basic gasoline engine is completely sufficient as a drive source for frequent journeys in urban areas.
Positive: Good workmanship, easy entry / exit, balanced suspension, high level of security
Negative:Loud rolling noise, little space in the back, expensive to buy
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Audi Q2
Audi Q3: The second generation of the Q3 has grown inside and out (also to increase the distance to the smaller Q2 from Audi) and became technically enormously upgraded. He now has numerous assistance systems and is very up-to-date with infotainment.
The new Q3 offers many amenities like one practical entry and exit, plenty of space for the occupants, a variable rear seat and a suitably large trunk. On the way you can go on good comfort and feel safe thanks to many assistants. The high trailer load of up to 2.2 tons is also practical.
Audi demands unfortunately a lot of money for a compact SUV with a rather poorly equipped base. In some cases, self-evident features such as automatic air conditioning or parking sensors have to be paid extra.
Positive: good workmanship, good space, high level of security, high trailer load
Negative:meager standard equipment, high basic price, expensive extras
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Audi Q3
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: With this model, BMW has an interesting compact van on offer. The transverse engine and the front-wheel drive allow more space in the interior - in relation to the compact external dimensions. The Active Tourer offers a length of 4.35 meterspleasant spacefor four adults and their luggage.
There are also aeasy entry and exit, a variable rear bench seat that can be moved lengthways with adjustable backrest inclination and a practical trunk format. And the BMW offers precisely with an adaptive chassisLong-distance suspension comfort andcomfortable seats.
In terms of driving technology, the BMW is theDynamic among the vans, lies safely and directly on the road and is not afraid of winding country roads. In the ADAC evasion test, it delivers a sovereign image and, as a front-wheel drive car, also conveys the typical "driving pleasure". thanks to thewell thought-out operating systemWith the iDrive rotary / push control, operation succeeds straight away.
Positive: good space in the front, easy operation, sliding back seat, decent workmanship
Negative: expensive to buy, short range, moderate view at an angle to the rear
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW i3: The electro-Bavarian has been relatively successful in the e-car market for over five years. The initially rather meager range of 130 to 160 kilometers in everyday life has now grown to up to 300 kilometers with a more economical driving style with a larger battery. Thus, the i3 is quite suitable for a first car, apart from longer vacation trips. Based on the ADAC Ecotest, aRange of about 250 kilometers calculated.
The engine with its 170 hp makes the i3 extremelystrong sprint vehicle, the chassis tends to be firm, but offers oneeveryday comfort. Theserviceof the car is very simple, only the gear selector lever is unconventional and therefore initially unfamiliar.
thanks to the high seating position you have a good overview of the traffic situation. Four adults can comfortably fit in the i3, but thatTrunk volume is unfortunately not the strength of the Munich man. The maintenance is not too expensive, the tax is waived for five years, the car doesn’t have to change oil or spark plugs. That is annoyingimpractical door concept, where the front door always has to be opened if you want to get in or out at the back.
Positive: good space at the front, powerful drive, inexpensive to maintain, small turning circle
Negative: small trunk, expensive purchase, impractical door concept, relatively short range, limited space in the back
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the BMW i3
BMW X1 (F48 until the end of 2019)
A fashionable compact SUV was developed on the same platform as the 2 Series Active Tourer. TheBMW X1is a well-made representative of this vehicle class. He doesn’t make any major blunders when it comes to workmanship, comfort or driving safety.
Even tall people have enough space in all outer seats to accommodate their head and limbs. TheTrunk is not particularly big, but typical of the class. That is also typicalgood startin the slightly higher pseudo-SUV. As with other BMWs, the delightedeasy handlingvia the iDrive. On longer journeys they arecomfortable seats a boon.
As expected, BMW has the X1expensivePay: Even the cheapest gasoline engine costs over 32,000 euros without special equipment. A well-equipped diesel with automatic ends up quickly at well over 50,000 euros.
Positive: Good workmanship, easy operation, convenient entry / exit, very safe road holding, good space, excellent automatic transmission (especially with diesel)
Negative: expensive purchase, moderate all-round visibility, weak braking system
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the BMW X1
Citroën C5 Aircross
C5 Aircross: The flagship in the Citroën model range after the C5 was discontinued in 2017. The compact SUV is based on the PSA Group's EMP2 platform and shares it with the Peugeot 3008 and the Opel Grandland X. With the C5 Aircross, Citroën is returning to its core brand of building particularly comfortable vehicles. The French have undoubtedly succeeded in doing this and will especially please older drivers.
While many manufacturers set up pseudo-sporty SUVs that are neither particularly agile nor comfortable, with the C5 Aircross it becomes clear after the first few meters that it has little to do with sportiness. The The seats are noticeably wide and also very comfortable, but the lateral support leaves a lot to be desired. The same applies to the chassis. It is remarkably sensitive to bumps and offers one even without adaptive damper control pleasant suspension comfort. On the other hand, the SUV takes corners with a steep body incline and, when driving quickly, goes into understeer earlier than most of its competitors.
The Citroën can with its variable rear seat points, on which there is even space for three child seats. On the other hand, the playful digital instrument cluster is less popular.
Positive: good driving comfort, generous space at the front, variable rear seat bench, three child seats on the rear bench possible
Negative: high loading sill, modest payload, playful instruments, no four-wheel drive available
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Citroën C5 Aircross
Hyundai Kona: With a length of 4.17 meters, the compact SUV is sensibly dimensioned for urban use. TheSpace available for driver and front passenger is good, but limited in the rear and trunk. After all, getting into both rows is pleasantly easy through the fairly large doors.
Theprocessing des Kona is satisfactory, and theserviceall basic functions are easy to do. TheSuspension comfort proves to be appropriate for the vehicle class, as does the seating comfort. The relative is a bit annoyinghigh interior noise levels, which is mainly dominated by wind noise.
The Kona scores with an extensive range of standard and safety equipment. The Price-performance ratio is right- and that's why this Hyundai is an interesting choice, especially for price-conscious buyers. The Kona is also available as an electric version with a good range.
Positive: extensive equipment, easy access, relatively cheap
Negative: Loud interior, little legroom in the rear, low trailer load, small trunk
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Hyundai Kona
Hyundai Tucson: On the market since 2015 as the successor to the ix35. Above all, the Korean convinces with virtues that are important in this class, such as good space, the large trunk and a high payload.
The well thought-out operation In the clearly designed dashboard, no driver is faced with major challenges. So you can operate everything at first glance without much getting used to - a blessing, especially for less tech-savvy drivers. The rather comfortably tuned chassis is satisfactory, but the steering could provide more feedback from the road.
Unfortunately they offer Seats only mediocre comfort, and the noise insulation could also be better. The weaknesses are mostly bearable. That is a bit surprising relatively high price level of the Korean for shopping and maintenance.
Positive: good active and passive safety, extensive standard equipment, good space, five-year guarantee with no mileage limit
Negative: rear window lifters without anti-trap protection, relatively high price level
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Hyundai Tucson
Jaguar E-Pace: The British once stood for sports cars and sporty sedans, but the portfolio has changed significantly over the past few years. After the F-Pace there is now the smaller pseudo-off-road vehicle E-Pace.
The E-Pace manufactured by Magna in Graz is technically up to date and offers many comfort and assistance systems as well as a wide range of outputs from 150 to 300 hp. All engines are four-cylinder with a displacement of two liters. You should think carefully about the manual transmission, because the driver assistance package is not available with it. In addition, the driver's seating position in relation to the clutch pedal and gear lever is not optimal. The impression remains as if the E-Pace was primarily developed for automatic transmissions.
In the Suspension tuning apparently the sporty side of Jaguar was in the foreground, because the suspension is chosen quite tight, which is at the expense of driving comfort. However, it is difficult to turn an SUV with a higher center of gravity and more ground clearance into a really sporty vehicle - so the set-up is not entirely convincing.
Adaptive dampers offer more options, but they are not available with manual transmission. Another Argument for the automatic versionif you want to afford it.
Positive: good space in front, good standard equipment, also many equipment from higher classes available, pedestrian protection airbag standard, safe keyless system
Negative: some equipment for hand controls not available, tight chassis tuning, very high weight
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Jaguar e-Pace
Kia e-Soul: The third generation of the iconic "little" crossover has been available in this country since 2019 only with electric drive. There is a weaker version with a 100 kW motor and 39.2 kWh battery and a stronger version with 150 kW and 64 kWh.
Practice ranges from 350 to 400 kilometers with the larger battery in mixed operation are no problem. If there is a high proportion of cities, the distance between two charging breaks can sometimes be 450 kilometers or more. However, the breaks are only short if you have a quick charging station with CCS available. An empty battery can then be recharged in one to two hours. But on one Wallbox you need almost ten hours for charging (with a generous 32 Ah fuse) because the e-Soul only has a single-phase charger installed. So if only a classic 230 V socket is available, you should take the weekend to fully charge it.
Apart from that, the e-soul is funny and definitely practical trolleywhich, thanks to its box-shaped body, offers plenty of space for passengers and an adequate trunk. So nothing stands in the way of taking your grandchildren with you. As the battery is located between the axles, the full capacity is retained.
Kia has done well Driving comfort: Regardless of whether the roads are bad or long, you arrive at your destination relaxed. However, the e-Soul is not a bargain, because the extensive equipment and the large battery for a long range are really expensive.
Positive: good space at the front, extensive standard equipment, good performance, practical range, long warranty (seven years)
Negative: partly simple materials in the interior, no trailer load, high purchase price
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Kia e-Soul
Mercedes B-Class: It is often driven by seniors or used as a taxi - and there are many reasons for this. TheStarted is comfortable thanks to the slightly raised seating position, and oncomfortable seating you can comfortably cover longer distances.
That toogood sense of spaceand thegood use of space in the second row speak for the small Mercedes, which is not that small inside. Theprocessingis of a high standard, and there is enough space in the trunk for everyday needs.
To go with this, Mercedes offers a chassis with adaptive dampers, the onevery good suspension comfort offers. Thesteering pleases with its precision, without appearing nervous, and thus supports a relaxed driver's everyday life. They also make that possiblenumerous assistance systems in the comfort and safety area.
To theInfotainment packagethere is also an advanced voice control that does not require exact commands, but can interpret natural formulations of the driver. This works amazingly well and is particularly useful if you would otherwise have to look for a function in the submenus.
Positive: good space in front and behind, very good workmanship, safe driving behavior, high safety standard, also well suited for long journeys, comfortable seats
Negative: expensive to buy, small series tank
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Mercedes B-Class
Mercedes GLA: In April 2020 the second generation of the smallest SUV from Mercedes-Benz came onto the market - now visually much sturdier and therefore more coherent. The Stuttgart-based company has succeeded in making the brand's claim to comfort tangible in the compact, but not at all light, GLA.
The optional chassis with adaptive damper adjustment rolls very carefully over obstacles in comfort mode and attaches importance to swinging as clearly on bumps as one would expect from a veritable sedan. Leather, applications and attractive lighting ensure a dignified ambience in the interior.
The MBUX operating concept also shows in the GLA that it is not the last word, because when you wipe and press over the various touch surfaces one is clearly distracted from the traffic.
Even the basic price of a GLA 200d Progressive is over 40,000 euros. Since it is a Mercedes, it seldom stays at this cost price. If you also want to enjoy luxury and amenities (including light packages, head-up display), come quickly handsome sums together.
Positive: extensive safety equipment, safe driving characteristics, good driving comfort, clean exhaust gases
Negative: Operating system with great potential for distraction, high basic price, petty equipment policy
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Mercedes GLA
Mini Countryman: The second generation has been with dealers since February 2017. The British Bajuware is built in the Netherlands over two meters wide and 4.30 meters long, so it is a real European.
It's nice that the quite large body can also be felt in the interior, because thatSpace is also sufficient for tall users. And that unusual at first glanceOperating conceptis more practical than you think in everyday use.
Also theeasy entry and exit prove to be pleasant in everyday life, as well as the wide trunk opening and the low loading sill.
Thelanding geartends to be tightly tuned, but has enough comfort reserves even for longer journeys. With one of the more powerful engines, the Countryman offersa lot of driving fun with proper space andgood suitability for everyday use.
Positive: Generous space for passengers, easy boarding, proper workmanship, simple operation, practical trunk format, powerful braking system, powerful engines
Negative: firm suspension, relatively noisy interior, hardly any shelves in the interior
Click here for the detailed ADAC car test of the Mini Countryman
Tips for buying a car - especially for seniors
As with any car purchase, look at several possible models and make oneextensive test drive. Use the car for the test drive as you would use it in everyday life. But older people in particular should be onspecial aspects respect, think highly of:
Has the carParking sensors,backup camera or oneBlind spot detector?Helps with a stiff neck ...
Is the car good forChild seatssuitable or the trunk big enough for oneStroller? For the (future?) Transport of grandchildren ...
Are all importantControls Easily accessible within a short radius? And theBelts conveniently placed? If there's a pinch in your back again ...
Is thisGlove box chilled? Good for transporting medication that may be necessary ...
Has the carAutomatic?One less task while driving ...
Can the sellerSmartphone connection and infotainmenteasy to explain? Even young people often do not understand operating instructions ...
Here you will find test reports of all vehicles tested by ADAC.
OneoverviewAbout all cars including costs, engines and equipment are available at adac.de/autoberater.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
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